oPurity

On December 26, 2010, in Fat Solubles, Minerals, Reviews, Vitamins, Water Solubles, by Andrea

The current trend for “all-in-one” vitamins in the bariatric world is growing.  The first, of course, was Optisource, an absolutely horrific vitamin not qualified to place “bariatric” on the label.

However, with more and more companies using “all-in-ones” to appeal to crowds, and more patients flocking to the appeal, I felt it was time to start examining some of these vitamins carefully to help make the decisions easier to make.  In these comparisons, I will be using the ASMBS suggestions for uniformity.

First up is oPurity, made by the makers of UNJURY protein.

oPurity says:

opurity™ is a multivitamin multimineral supplement you take once a day to address the important requirements recommended by the National Academy of Sciences – Institute of Medicine. opurity™ is designed for superior Safety and Purity.

All opurity™ vitamin and mineral products are China-Free™. None of the ingredients in opurity products are from China. opurity multi-vitamins are unique in being China-Free – based on extensive research into the industry as well as recommendations from top experts in sourcing in the vitamin business. Read more at No Ingredients From China.

Every nutrient is double-tested, first for identity and purity, and then for correct inclusion levels in the final product. We test (assay) every production run of finished product for correct composition of every nutrient in the product.  We also assay every production run for contaminants.

We believe such thorough testing is important and necessary. However, it is not a substitute for having highly-trustworthy sources, because you cannot test for everything. Consider the Chinese melamine scandal: purchasing companies did conduct protein assays on incoming protein blends that were (almost certainly deliberately) contaminated with melamine to fool the protein assay . But they were looking for protein, not melamine. The melamine was discovered only after infants died and pets died.

If the source is unethical, one might test for 1000 contaminants and miss one that was deliberately included–and toxic. For this reason, is it essential to truly thoroughly know the source for every ingredient, and have access to the best sources in the world. For this reason, we were committed, from the outset, and we remain committed, to avoid ingredients from China.

These are the reasons you can now buy The World’s Purest Vitamins™.

All opurity formulations are gluten-free.

It is important to note that I have not personally tasted oPurity.  I am simply judging the quality of the vitamin on the label alone.

SUGGESTED USE:

Adults: one (1) tablet daily.

Do not exceed suggested use without physician approval. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.

As with all supplements, if you are on medication, pregnant or nursing, consult your physician before use.

INGREDIENTS:

Dextrose, Fructose, Calcium Citrate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Calcium Carbonate, Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C), Beet Juice, Magnesium Oxide, Natural and Artificial Flavors, DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E), Stearic Acid, Zinc Chelate, Biotin Contains less than 2% of: Beta Carotene (Vit. A), Calcium Pantothenate, Choleocalciferol (Vit. D3), Chromium Picolinate, Citric Acid, Cyanocobalamin (Vit. B12), Ferronyl Iron, Folic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Niacinamide, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine HCl (Vit. B6), Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Selenite, Sucralose, Thiamin Mononitrate (Vit. B1), Vegetable Gum, Vitamin A Acetate.

You take vitamins for your health. Yet most multivitamins actually use ingredients from China.

OPURITY™ is CHINA◆FREE. We use no ingredients from China, so you have one less thing to worry about.

Purity Guaranteed. Satisfaction Guaranteed. Learn more at www.opurity.com.

First up — this is a tablet to be taken ONE time a day.

Anyone who has been around RNY for any length of time knows that this cannot work with our guts.  There is a reason why we need to take doses throughout a day — we can only absorb so much at a time.

Next – Vitamin A – 1/2 being beta carotene.  RNY, DS, and VSG does not absorb beta carotene.  AGBers that take PPIs won’t either.  Beta Carotene requires a highly acidic environment to absorb.  We know this from a study done in normies using PPIs and gastric probes (fun!) to simulate achlorhydriac environments.  So given that 1/2 of the vitamin A is beta carotene, that means only a 75% RDA of vitamin A.  That means to get the 200% RDA according to ASMBS, you need 3 tablets.

Vitamin D3 is not in a dry, water-miscible formulation.  Despite the studies that do exist on this, as well as the many post-ops who have seen the results in their own personal labs, oPurity decided to put this on their page concerning this:

Vitamin D is important for calcium absorption, bone health and plays a role in prevention of certain types of cancer, heart disease and other chronic disorders. Supplemental Vitamin D, combined with calcium, is essential because bone loss is a common problem following weight loss surgery.
OPURITY uses all Vitamin D3, the form of Vitamin D made by the human body.
Studies have found that 60% to 80% of bariatric pre-op candidates have low Vitamin D.
The ASMBS recommends double the standard RDI of 400 IU, that is, 800 IU per day.
We believe 800 IU might also be insufficient for two reasons: a) there is limited data on the needs of gastric bypass patients, and b) the recommendations for the RDI are also under review, and might be raised.   At the same time, the risk of overdose toxicity from 1200 IU, for bypass patients is extremely low.
About so-called “Dry” or “water-miscible” Vitamin D”
Some vitamin makers appear to imply that so-called “dry” or “water-miscible” Vitamin D might have superior absorption.   We found no support for this, nor any reason to believe it.   “Dry” Vitamin D is actually regular Vitamin D that is encased in a capsule. So in fact, the Dry Vitamin D (or Vitamin A or Vitamin E) requires an extra step for absorption – removing the encapsulation – to be to where the regular Vitamin D already is.

The problem I have simply is this — the studies have been provided to oPurity.  I know as I provided them personally at the request of Jerome.  Additionally, many, many, many post-ops have told Jerome of their personal stories with oil-based D3 versus water-miscible D3.  The fact that oPurity feels the need to post such a rebuttal seems as if they simply don’t listen or take credence in the evidence that does exist in the post-op world.  Hubris can be a dangerous thing.

Calcium – a mix of calcium citrate and carbonate.  Obviously, at 150mg, this is not designed to cover the calcium needs of ANY of the surgeries — much less a non-op.

Magnesium is a low bioavailable form (magnesium oxide) which is basically only good for constipation issues.  Adding water to magnesium oxide creates magnesium hydroxide — Milk of Magnesia.  Even if it were a bioavailable form of magnesium (which, yes, we do need as there are deficiencies post-op), at only 20% RDA, we would need 10 tablets a day to hit the ASMBS guidelines.  Magnesium citrate is the preferred form in supplements for bioavailability.

Selenium is a touch low at 143%.  Chromium only pulls in at 58%.  We would need 4 tablets to get enough chromium.

But what are we missing?  Vitamin K?  Why would we neglect vitamin K?  Vitamin K is instrumental to post-ops of all stripe — unless there is coumadin therapy at play.  There is no risk at all to K1 or K2 supplementation (which are the two types on the market), and there are too many post-ops to count that are suffering from excess bruising to count.  Excluding vitamin K is just inane.

Anything else?  Phosphorous.   Iodine.  Copper.  (Copper?  WHY?  We need a certain amount of copper anytime we take iron!)  Manganese.  Molybdenum.  Chloride.  Potassium.

But by golly — they aren’t using ingredients from China.  We’re saved!

Let me give you some real life anecdotes.  I have three people in my local support group in Raleigh.  All are about two years out.  All had good labs on other bariatric companies.  I’ll be honest in saying that I don’t remember if two used Celebrate and one used Bariatric Advantage, or vice versa.  However, it was that ratio.

One day, one came to me and said “Hey Andrea — my labs just tanked.  Why?”  I asked, of course, what he changed.  His answer — changed from his previous company (he was a Celebrate boy) to oPurity.  EVERYTHING had gone down in his quest for easier and cheaper.  He’s back on Celebrate and at our holiday party last week, he told me he felt a ton better already.

A few on ObesityHelp have also found this out the hard way.  I’m not going to expose names — but if you are reading this and want to expose yourself?  Feel free.

Sometimes cheaper and easier is not the way out.

And this is a prime example of that.

oPurity runs $35.95 for a bottle of 100.

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4 Responses to “oPurity”

  1. MM says:

    I’ve kept them if you’re up for the taste, texture, test. I did that months ago, but I hid it on my site. Too much traffic.

  2. ASG says:

    I bought them after seeing MM’s review, but I have since given the bottle to my normie husband. I won’t buy them again.

  3. Theresa Meyer says:

    I started taking them after surgery. After reading your review I supplemented them with chewable Centrum until they were all gone. Now I take Bariatric Advantage’s full line. My B12 was >2000 when I got my labs done 2 weeks ago.

  4. CC says:

    I have followed the advise from Andrea since day one… I am a Celebrate Girl. My labs have been more than perfect. I would hate to think what my labs would be if I followed the advice of our NUT in my surgeon’s office. And NUT, in this case is an abbreviation and a DESCRIPTION. Thanks Andrea for all you do.

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